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Run for Children: Luang Prabang Half Marathon

The annual Luang Prabang Half Marathon will take place on October 21st, 2018. This is a charity race that supports the great cause of the Lao Friends Hospital for Children. 100% of the money raised from the run goes directly to supporting patient care at the hospital, which is provided free of charge to all Lao children. Participants can choose to take part in either a 7km, 14km, or 21km run through Luang Prabang, along a scenic loop course that weaves past temples and local sights. The run is open to all, and we recommend all to join in and help raise funds for a great cause. The start time for the half marathon is 05:30 am, 14km at 05:45 and 7km at 06:00am.

Souang Heua (Boat Racing Festival)

The Boat Racing Festival (also known as “Boun Souang Heua”), dates back thousands of years and is held during the Buddhist Lent depending on the lunar calendar. This year on September 9th, Luang Prabang’s finest boat crews shall put months of training to the test and compete against one another to claim the top place. The race is formatted as a straight knockout with two crews competing at a time in a straight out 400 meter sprint. The winner moves on to the next round and shall compete in around 4-5 races to accomplish the feat before the day is out. One of the highlights of the year for the Lao people, this is a great occasion to be in town for so if you have the chance be sure to go and watch.

There will be a Market Fun Fair in the morning on the same day, it will be set up along Chao Fa Ngum road with locally made textiles, woven bamboo baskets, handmade clay pots, agriculture products, food and so on.

Pi Mai Lao – April 2018

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Pi Mai Lao - Lao New Year, is often referred to as the most popular cultural festival in Luang Prabang and it's just around the corner! Festivities will kick off from April 10th and finish on the 20th. Parades take place on the main street,  start from Wat That Noy until the end of peninsular and on the Mekong street.

Highlights of the Pi Mai Lao include

  • A water fight like no other
  • Elephant Procession and Elephant Baci Ceremony
  • A Giant Sand stupa in Chomphet district
  • The moving of Prabang and Grand parade that run over the week and there are many reasons why it’s a festival ‘not to be missed’!

Event Pro​gram for Pi Mai Lao in Luang Prabang

Tue. 10th April 2018

08:30 Opening Market & Fun fair at Thad Luang Ground (the old stadium).
09:00 LuangPrabang Traditional Sport Match at Thad Luang Ground (the old stadium).
19:00 Traditional dance show and popular Lao song performance by local artists at Thad Luang Ground (the old stadium)

Wed. 11st​ – Th​u. 12nd April 2018

19:30 – 23:00 Beauty contest for Nang Sangkhan (Miss Lao New Year) and Lao traditional dance and music at Thad Luang Ground (the old stadium).

Fri. 13rd April 2018

09:00 Elephant procession named “Chang Hieng Koei” starts from Wat Mai to Wat Xiengthong.

Sat. 14th April 2018

06:00 Market Fair “Lolat” will be set up on the main street between the old stadium to the National Museum (the Royal Palace). The fair includes a traditional textiles show, local and bordering country’s products.
09:00 The ceremony of watering the Buddha images for blessing at every temple in LuangPrabang.
13:00 Gathering on the beach to make sand stupas “Toppathatsay” to bring a good luck. Baci ceremony at the sand stupas, traditional cultural performance, local sport match, Dragon Fire Rocket and sightseeing at “Hatsay moungkhoun” (Mekong River beach, Xiengman village, Chomphet district).
19:00 The ceremony of watering the Buddha images for blessing at every temple in LuangPrabang.

Sun. 15th April 2018

08:00 - Textile Exhibition at Ban Phanom, a traditional of Tailue ethnic group and followed by Baci ceremony for Leaders, international and local guests.
14:00 - Opening Visit Laos Year 2018 in LuangPrabang Town.
- Opening the procession of Lao New Year (Nang Sangkhan) at in front of the National Museum. The procession will be set up on the main street from Wat Thatnoy to Wat Xiengthong.
19:00 The ceremony of watering the Buddha images for blessing at every temple in LuangPrabang.

Mon. 16th April 2018

05:30 Morning Alms Giving ceremony “Sai Bat” at in front of Wat Sene Soukharam and the climbing of Phou Si mountain to pay respects.
14:00 the procession of Lao New Year (Nang Sangkhan) from Wat Xiengthon back to Wat Thatnoy.
19:00 Naga and Lantern parades comes down from Phou Si mountain to the pond inside the National Museum. Also see traditional dancing (Pha Lak & Pha Lam dancing, Giants, Monkeys and Nang Keo dancing) at the Museum.

Tue. 17th April 2018

09:00 Together with monks, provincial leaders, elderly people, International and local guests Bringing Buddha image “Prabang” out of Hor Prabang inside the National Museum to Wat Mai.
13:00 Provincial leaders, Miss Lao New Year and all guests will visit Pak Ou cave for watering of the Buddha image.
In the evening The ceremony of watering the Buddha images “Prabang” for blessing and see traditional dancing (Pha Lak & Pha Lam dancing) at Wat Mai. 

Wed. 18th – Thu. 19th April 2018

08:00 – 23:00 Watering of the Buddha image and see traditional dancing (Pha Lak & Pha Lam dancing) at Wat Mai

Fri. 20th April 2018

09:00 Bringing of “Prabang” Buddha image back to the National Museum

New Year, New Growth

As we say hello to a new year, we begin to see our beautiful Organic Garden come to life! The vegetables, fruits and herbs we planted last year are now starting to sprout, transforming from what was before merely an area of land, into a home for our organic produce.  One the hotels main projects this year is the continued growth of this spectacular space, where we will be producing fresh ingredients to be used in our kitchens. In the months to come we also plan to open our very own cooking school, where guests and visitors can learn to cook the very traditional Laos dishes that they have grown to love during their time in Luang Prabang.


How we are cultivating?

As a completely Organic Garden, we will never use any chemicals in our grows, as we understand that if we want to care of ourselves and the surrounding environment, we need to be completely natural with what we do to our food. Across all of our grows, including our greenhouses, on the land and also down on the Mekong river front, we are using several natural techniques including creating compost with both Lao's and western techniques, creating earthworm compost and using biological fertilizers. All this goes towards helping us create the freshest and healthiest produce possible.

How we are cultivating?

As a completely organic garden we will never use any chemicals in our grows, we understand that if we want to care of ourselves and the surrounding environment we need to be completely natural with what we do with our foods. Across all of our grows, including in our greenhouses, outside on the land and also down on the Mekong river front, we are using several natural techniques including creating compost with both Lao's and western techniques, creating earthworm compost and using biological fertilizers. All this goes towards helping us create the freshest and healthiest produce possible.

What are we growing?

Since we first started planting in our garden late last year, we have been nurturing various types of organic produce, including basil, garlic, coriander, Chinese cabbage, chili, salad, lemon grass, long bean and many more. As we continue to develop this area and create new space for plantation, the project as a whole will increase and the amount of produce likewise. 

So what is next?

For the coming months we have many aspirations on what we would like to achieve within this beautiful area, here are a few of the projects we will be undertaking.

  • Continuing the growth of vegetation to be used in the hotel restaurant.
  • Develop a beautiful area in which to build our cooking school.
  • Creating a picturesque and relaxed space to hold yoga classes through the hotel.  
  • Create a laboratory for studying soil, growth, maintenance, farming and landscaping.

 

How we are cultivating?

As a completely organic garden we will never use any chemicals in our grows, we understand that if we want to care of ourselves and the surrounding environment we need to be completely natural with what we do with our foods. Across all of our grows, including in our greenhouses, outside on the land and also down on the Mekong river front, we are using several natural techniques including creating compost with both Lao's and western techniques, creating earthworm compost and using biological fertilizers. All this goes towards helping us create the freshest and healthiest produce possible.

What are we growing?

Since we started our grows toward the end f last year we successfully produced